Belmont still looking for candidates for March vote

BELMONT — Incumbent Selectman Ruth Mooney is running for a second term. To date she is unopposed.

As of yesterday afternoon, incumbent Dave Dunham is seeking election to the Planning Board and John Froumy is seeking re-election to the board.

There are four openings on the Budget Committee and so far only Mark Roberts has signed up for re-election. Other incumbent are Vice Chair Ward Peterson, Tina Fleming, and Tonyel Mitchell-Berry who said last month that she likely would not seek a fourth term because of professional commitments.

Sharon Dunham is seeking a term as Library Trustee.

The town is still looking for candidates for the cemetery trustee, and for two people for the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The filing period for March town elections closes on Friday afternoon.

Josh Bartlett making bid for Selectboard in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — With the decision of chairman Jon Tolman and vice-chairman Joel Mudgett not to seek re-election, voters will fill two open seats on the Board of Selectmen in March.

Josh Bartlett, who currently serves as chairman of the Planning Board, was the first candidate to file for election. A resident of the town since 1978, he has been a trustee of the library and is a member of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Committee and the Village Vision Committee. Bartlett chairs the trustees of the Moultonborough United Methodist Church and has also chaired its Building Committee through two major projects.

In announcing his candidacy, Bartlett said that his "two guiding principles will be transparency in your government and assuring that the rules are the same for everyone."

In 2013, Bartlett, together with his colleague Judy Ryerson, overcame an effort initiated by Town Administrator Carter Terenzini to remove them from the Planning Board when, after a dramatic public hearing, the Board of Selectmen unanimously rejected a motion to dismiss Bartlett and to abandon proceedings against Ryerson. The charges arose when the two changed their votes, enabling the Planning Board to approve after-the-fact construction of an observation tower on Red Hill, which was built without the requisite permits. To approve the project, the board was required to find that it satisfied 11 criteria.  Two of the 11 criteria failed when the board split evenly — three-to-three — with Bartlett abstaining and Ryerson voting no. However, neither believed it was the best interest of the town to require the structure be dismantled. Ryerson changed her "no" to "yes," breaking the stalemate,  and Bartlett offered a motion to grant the CUP, which carried five-to-two.

Karen Ober seeking re-election but Jeff Jenkins is not

SANBORNTON — Selectman Karen Ober is seeking re-election and is, so far, running unopposed, said Town Clerk Marla Davis.

Craig Davis is seeking a seat on the Budget Committee, as is incumbent Earl Leighton, who said Wednesday he hadn't sign up yet but was getting ready to do so.

After 13 years, Jeff Jenkins is not seeking re-election. He said yesterday that after 13 years on the Budget Committee and his service on a number of other boards and committees in town, that he wants a break for a year or so.

Lynn Chong is seeking her first election as Trustee of the Trust Fund. Chong was appointed by selectmen to fill a vacancy.

Steve Ober is seeking a one-year spot as Library Trustee and Kristen Rathgen is seeking election to the three-year spot.

Tim Lang is seeking a term as Town Moderator. Marla Davis said as of now there is no moderator. Former selectmen Patsy Wells, who died over the summer resigned for health reasons, and in May, Susan "Andy" Jepson was elected but sold her home, moved to another community and resigned.

Lang served as moderator for last year's town meeting.

Marla Davis said the Town Clerk's Officer will be open until 5 p.m. Friday for any residents who would like to sign up for a spot on the March ballot.

Brett Currier not seeking re-election to Gilmanton board

GILMANTON — Selectman Brett Currier will not be seeking re-election to a second term and as of yesterday morning no one has signed up to run in his place, said Town Clerk Debra Cornett.

With two days to go until the sign up deadline of Friday at 5 p.m., Cornett said so far Anne Kirby has signed up to run for the Budget Committee. She said she hasn't heard from incumbents Mickey Daigle and Mark Sawyer.

Incumbent Candace Daigle has signed up for another term as Cemetery Trustee and Deb Chase and Donna White have signed up for the two openings of Library Trustee.

Paul Perkins is running again for a three-year position as Road Agent, however selectmen have added an article to the 2015 warrant, by a vote of 2-to-1, that calls for eliminating an elected Road Agent as of 2016 and to have a selectmen-appointed official instead.